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Woman awarded $1.4M judgement in priest abuse case

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Judges gavel and stryker By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judges gavel and stryker By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

WINONA, WI (WTAQ) - A jury awards $1.4 million dollars to a woman who says a former Wisconsin pastor sexually abused her.

Donald Dean Budd is no longer a pastor.

The Minnesota woman accused the Methodist minister of pursuing an inappropriate relationship with her at a time she was emotionally vulnerable. At the time he was pastor at McKinley Methodist Church in Winona in the period between 2003 and 2005.

Budd also served a church in Eau Claire before the incident.

The Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church will have to pay part of the money.

The victim won the civil award after Budd had been convicted on two felony sexual abuse charges.

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